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According to its vision statement, APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation) seeks to achieve stability, security & prosperity for its member nations. The emphasis however has been on establishing a highly competitive free market that benefits multi-national corporate interests and is manipulated by financial speculators.

APEC has lost its way. Asian and Pacific co-operation needs to incorporate human rights and ecological integrity while recognising & supporting the need for regional economies & communities within the global economy.

The conference will briefly critique APEC’s misguided direction and impact and develop positive models for people and earth-centered development.

The conference immediately precedes the APEC meeting of Heads of State.

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